This is our second Picasso, previous was a 1.8 SX, we went for the 110 deisel to get performance and economy, and generally this has worked out. However this car has proven very much less reliable than the first car. Problems with Turbo during warranty and oil leaking everywhere in the car (a dealer problem that time). Now we have the intermittent engine fault light coming on. It has done 58k from new, but I don't feel confident that it will last another three years without major surgery. Buy them new with three year warranty and then PX for something else. I would have another, but perhaps 2.0 deisel next time.
I bought this car new in May 2003 and still own it. It has now covered 37,000 miles.
Two re-calls by manufacturer, both handled free and stress free by the dealer (Edinburgh).
I had my first problem a few months ago when the car started to 'hesitate' and stutter now and again when idling (e.g. when stopped at traffic lights). The dealer fixed this (a malfunctioning air sensor, which they removed, cleaned and re-fitted free of charge [outwith warranty as I had just had a full service done]). My car does 40mpg, and more on long journeys.
It is very roomy, especially for passengers in the back. The driver's seat is excellent, and is very good for my bad back unlike many other cars. You also do not need to bend to get in this car because of its height. The boot is huge, and the tail back is good for sitting on when changing shoes at the beach etc.
It cruises drives well on the motorway and has good acceleration to overtake etc. Very quiet car, which still looks good/modern. Overall, this has been a good car, very good value for just over 10k. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good value, room and flexible car.
We have a 1.6 LX and it is a donkey. We can't part-exchange it because they are so common, garages won't give us the money for it.
It has cost us a fortune - every major part has been replaced. It feels plastic inside and out, a lot of the buttons have broken, such as the cigarette lighter. The bulb on the computer went out, leaving us unable to see the speedo, and Citroen wanted to charge us £150 to change it.
The electrics do as they like, the computer is forever telling us there is a fault with the engine, even when Citroen has tried to reset it. The fuel economy has been about 33mpg, it has cost us a fortune to run. It was a good price when bought new, but it has lost us lots of money very quickly, so what you save when new, you lose after a few years.
My advice is don't bother, ours has been a real pig and I will be glad to get rid of it. Invest your money into something worth it and not something every Tom, Dick and Harry has.
We bought the 1.6 HDi 92hp VTX model brand new in February 2007. We are a family of four and have just driven it from Scotland to Antibes in the south of France and back on our annual family holiday and found it to be ideal.
We found the Picasso comfortable in both the front and back for the marathon journey. The front seats are both fitted with armrests and the driver's seat is fully adjustable to offer plenty of support to suit your requirements.
Visibilty is very good when driving and the controls are easy to master.
The boot is huge and the car offers good all-round storage, with a flat internal floor both front and back with plenty of door storage space and cubby holes.
For economy, it's absolutely fantastic, with the 60-litre tank returning over 600 miles minimum. This model has the 92hp 1.6 HDi which handled the gradients on the French motorways with ease with four people and a full load on board. It still had plenty of pull for overtaking when required.
The VTX model also comes with cruise control and alloy wheels in addition to everything the Desire trim has, but the VTX is cheaper!
We found cruise control useful on the empty streches of the French motorways and wonder how we ever managed without it!
Overall, the 1.6 HDi 92hp Picasso is a lot of car for the money and we rate it as ideal for the long holiday journeys. It's just as suitable for everyday use and the fuel economy will be hard to beat.
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